One of the more sobering aspects of being in touch with other pet lovers through social media is the all too frequent reminder of the short lifespans of our beloved pets. Recently having my dog, Gavin, euthanized, brought that reality home.
Many of us feel the need to memorialize the loss of our pets, and we agonize how best to do that. A recent post by a friend on Facebook brought to light a way to do this I’d not thought of before, and I think it’s a fantastic gift of remembrance; naming a star after your pet.
There are several (and by that I mean a ton of) companies on the internet that maintain individual star registry databases. For a fee ranging from about $15US upward, they will assign a name of your choosing to a star or other astronomical object and send you some type of certificate as a record of the naming.
Now to be clear, this is not an official practice, each company has it’s own database, meaning that a star can be “recorded” as having different or no names depending on which company you choose. Still, I think that as a gesture of remembrance, this is a pretty damn nice thing to do for others, or even for your own loss.
To find a company that offers this service in your country, simply Google “name a star gift” and you will get a results list of many options.
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The gang at Dog Lover’s Digest